It has come to our attention that various international organizations or individuals have been offering false employment opportunities listing Aecon Group Inc as the employer. These individuals will offer to fast track Canadian working visa applications in exchange for a payment. Such offers are fraudulent and intended to steal from the victims.
Any communication received from email addresses such as ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’ have not been sent from Aecon Group Inc. or any of its subsidiaries and you should not respond. Other unauthorized email and web addresses include, but are not limited to:
Aecon Group Inc. employment policies and processes in Canada involve personal interviews, and candidates who seek employment with us are never required to pay us any sum of money. To do so would be contrary to our business conduct guidelines and ethical practices.
We take this matter extremely seriously and are working with the appropriate legal authorities to shut down such fraudulent schemes.
What is recruitment fraud?
Recruitment fraud is a sophisticated fraud offering fictitious job opportunities. It is normally done online through fraudulent websites or through unsolicited emails claiming to be from Aecon Group Inc.
These emails ask recipients to provide personal information, sign letters of employment and ultimately make payments to process false Canadian working visa applications.
How to identify recruitment fraud?
- There is a request to complete recruitment documentation such as application forms, terms and conditions of employment or visa forms. The Aecon name and logo is often featured on the documentation.
- There is a request for personal information such as address, date of birth, CV and passport details.
- There is a request to contact other individuals or organizations such as lawyers, bank officials, travel agencies, courier companies or visa/immigration processing agencies.
- There may be an offer by the perpetrators to pay a large percentage of the fees requested and a request that the candidate to pay the remaining amount.
- There is an insistence on urgency.
What should you do?
- If you think you have received a fraudulent communication, please forward it to us at email@example.com and include the following:
- Original subject line: Please do not change the original subject line of the email you received.
- Complete headers: Email headers contain a detailed record of the specific route that an email took through the internet when it was sent to you. This means it can help us identify the perpetrators’ location(s). Full header information is included in every email that is sent.
- Complete message body: Please include the complete, unedited content of the email message in question. Do not change or edit the message in any way.
- Save messages from the perpetrator for further investigation if necessary.
- Contact your local police and provide them with all communications from the perpetrators.
- Visit Citizenship & Immigration Canada’s website (www.cic.gc.ca) to download the proper guidelines and accompanying forms to assist you in preparing an application under Canada’s Immigration Program (they can be downloaded at no cost).
- Respond to unsolicited business propositions and/or offers of employment from people with whom you are unfamiliar.
- Disclose your personal or financial details to anyone you do not know.
- Send any money. Aecon Group Inc. companies never ask for money transfers or payments from applicants to secure a job or a visa to enter into Canada.
- Engage in further communication if you believe the communications may be fraudulent.